If Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent dig at Xavi taught us one thing it’s that the Real Madrid superstar, despite his many achievements in football, still has surprisingly thin skin.
The Portuguese forward was angered when Xavi told Cadena SER: “Messi will be number one until he wants.
“He’s superior to everyone and is the best in the world, unless you are Real Madrid.”
Ronaldo, in rather petulant fashion, responded by telling reporters: “The most searched for player on the Internet is me.
“Those that want to appear on front covers to promote things speak about me.
“What does it matter to me what Xavi says, he played in Qatar or I don’t know.
“He’s won everything but he’s never won a Ballon d’Or -- I have three.”
Xavi's father reacts to Ronaldo's comments
A childish reaction from a 31-year-old, or one that Xavi was asking for after his comments on Messi?
Xavi’s father has now come out and given his opinion on Ronaldo’s comment and, while he stopped short of criticising the three-time Ballon d’Or winner, he did indicate that he believes the response was unnecessary.
"After the Barcelona game, I saw the report and then the statements of Ronaldo, to which I don't give the slightest importance," Joaquin Hernandez told RAC1, according to Marca. ”Xavi has a lot of experience and he knows what this is about - I think he'll be indifferent to it.”
He added: ”Xavi is feeling perfectly well and very happy to be there [in Qatar], it's very quiet, without any pressure.
"I'm not going to say anything to Cristiano, but he knows what he should do.
"I don't want to get into this issue, he has his opinion and we should respect it.”
Xavi almost won the Ballon d'Or
Unlike Ronaldo, winning the Ballon d’Or was never a concern for Xavi, who could be described as the very definition of a team player.
The World Cup winner did, however, finish third in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
On each occasion, he was delighted to see his teammate Lionel Messi win the prestigious individual accolade.
Alba: It's a travesty Xavi has never won Ballon d'Or
However, there are many - including Jordi Alba - who feel that Xavi should have finished his career with at least one Ballon d’Or to his name.
Reacting to Ronaldo’s comment, Alba told Marca: "It's a travesty and an injustice that Xavi has never won the Ballon d'Or."
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